December 13th, 2005


Artificial Meat

I heard a radio report about vat-grown meat - long a staple of science-fiction - and now a reality. Soon it will even be commercially feasible to create artificial meat for consumers, which will allegedly be more healthy, fat free, and of cruelty-free.

I've been a vegetarian myself in the past (and still eat mostly vegetables and fish as a matter of course) and when I did so, it was both for health reasons but also out of a sense of compassion for living creatures. But vat grown meat can not be said to be a "living creature", really - so I wonder, will the existence of artificial meat products change anyone's stance on vegetarianism?

I know quite a few of you on my f-list are veggies ... what do you think? If you knew a meat product had never been part of a living creature, and was grown strictly in a lab as a pure clump of muscle-cells that had never even had a nervous system attached to it, would you eat it? Assume for the purposes of this discussion that it is both healthy and delicious. (Who knows if that will really be true...)
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I stopped by at the same shop I bought the blue hair dye from to get a nice, safe brown to cover up the oddly green tint it had become. The Persian woman who owns the store talked me into letting her bleach the green out before I dyed it any other color - she even agreed to a very modest charge.

Unfortunately, all the color in my hair bleached out, except for the green dye. So now I have a color that surely only anime elves would normally have - a strange sort of shiny, platinum, green color. Minty.

I got some brown dye, but I'll leave it like this for a little while, at least.